Chris Darby

Thanks a bunch Sue and Michelle

Sue Wood and Michelle Boag have helped deliver Labour-aligned councillors to North Shore with their ill-fated and frankly bizarre set up called Auckland Future.

After a nail-biting race to the finish line, Richard Hills takes his seat at the council table next to North Shore ward councillor Chris Darby.

The announcement was confirmed at 9am this morning, October 14, following a neck-and-neck race between Hills and rival Grant Gillon.

Hills takes?the title by 128 special votes.

Hills and Darby were campaign partners for this election, and are looking forward to working together.

Hills says he’s chuffed and?it feels real now.

Darby says it just seemed like a “natural fit” to work with Hills. ? Read more »

Chris Darby is one of Len’s “Terrible Ten”

Guess what he is campaigning on?

The Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance is surprised at the hypocrisy of Councillor Chris Darby’s election signs stating that he will ‘Rein in Rates’, and is calling on Aucklanders to think carefully about what their incumbent Councillors have voted for in the past when deciding on who to vote for this election.

Spokesperson for the Ratepayers’ Alliance, Jo Holmes says:

“Chris Darby was one of the members of the “Terrible Ten” who voted for Len Brown’s 9.9% rates hike. It smacks of hypocrisy that that he is campaigning on a slogan to ‘Rein in Rates’.”

“The public have had enough of the sort of wishy-washy, swinging in the wind decision making of many of our incumbent Councillors. Many of them have failed in their role to provide strong governance, and as a result, the bureaucrats of Auckland Council have consistently seized opportunities to run their own agenda, and pay little heed to the concerns of everyday Aucklanders.” Read more »

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Chris Darby is another councillor who needs rinsing in October

The strains of despair are already showing on Council with the almighty golden NIMBY – Chris Darby – having a tanty about Labour’s decision to join National against the Urban Boundary.

Darby is not unlike many of his fellow politicians. Principally they buy into the whole compact city nonsense.

Auckland councillor Chris Darby says politicians should stay out of the boundary issue.

Darby, one of four councillors assigned to the proposed Unitary Plan and deputy chairman of the council’s development committee, said the comments were premature.

“It’s only a few weeks until we get the report from the Independent Hearings Panel on the unitary plan. There are submissions to soften, abolish or strengthen the boundary,” Darby said.

“We don’t know what the panel will decide. But we as a city have gone through a long process and it’s out of order for any politician – myself included – to try to influence that decision. ? Read more »

Idiot councillor can’t see wood for trees

It appears that everyone else in Auckland knows why the Special Housing Areas have been a flop – except Chris Darby.

Darby just doesn’t know and is seeking ‘data’ to help him understand.

An Auckland councillor has expressed frustration at the lack of information and progress on the city’s special housing areas.

Chris Darby, deputy chairman of the Auckland Development Committee, said he had sought the data on progress many weeks ago and deputy mayor Penny Hulse supported him in his requests.

“I’m disappointed and that’s why I’ve been asking for this information formally since September 9,” Darby said.

The Herald revealed how only 102 residences are known to have been built two years into a three-year timeframe target to get 39,000 consents for new Auckland homes and new residential sections.

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Council squabbles miss the real story

Auckland Councillors squabbling like old hens isn’t anything new. Nor are the barbed jibes about past decisions. So to see Councillor Chris Darby come out to rain on Penny Hulse about Auckland’s newest shopping mall isn’t exactly news.

A crowd larger than a full-capacity Eden Park poured through Auckland’s newest mega-mall on just one day last week – and left Auckland councillors at each other’s throats over it.

One councillor, Chris Darby, went as far as to dub the vast new $160 million NorthWest as “the anchor of more sprawl, and a dire Henderson town centre left in its wake”.

But Penny Hulse is easy fodder when it comes to that new West Auckland mall that opened last week. She was right in the depth of negotiating with developers to allow the project to happen before the supercity amalgamation. ? Read more »

Auckland Councillor Chris Darby worried about his future after voting for excessive perpetual rates rises

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Explaining is losing, and Darby knows his career is seriously compromised. ?He uses a newspaper to peddle his “I had no choice, really”:

I stand by my vote to back the [Auckland] Budget. I didn’t back every aspect of it and throughout I used my voice and vote to mitigate the burden on the individual ratepayer. While my vote didn’t always carry the day, that is no excuse to pass the buck rather than pass the budget.

The decision to give effect to the Interim Transport Levy is crucial – it’s the now-or-never response that will let Auckland prepare for growth rather than submit to stagnation and ever-growing congestion. It’s our stop-gap measure to keep Auckland afloat while we try to persuade the government to shake off its intransigence.

I know that despite all of this, many people are looking at rates increases like they are their energy bills. Council’s Rates Information Database for the year has been updated today so you’ll be able to check exactly how you are affected yourself.

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Face of the day

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Auckland councillors have voted 10-9 to approve Mayor Len Brown’s new 10-year budget.

Those to vote for the budget were Mayor Len Brown, Arthur Anae, Bill Cashmore, Linda Cooper, Chris Darby, Alf Filipaina, Mike Lee, Calum Penrose, Wayne Walker, Penny Webster.

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Councillors to vote against the budget were Cameron Brewer, Cathy Casey, Ross Clow, Chris Fletcher, Denise Krum, Dick Quax, Sharon Stewart, John Watson and George Wood.

Time to rinse the Terrible Ten

There are at least ten councillors in Auckland who will need a strong third party campaign against them at the next election.

Auckland councillors have voted 10-9 to approve Mayor Len Brown’s new 10-year budget.

Those to vote for the budget were Mayor Len Brown, Arthur Anae, Bill Cashmore, Linda Cooper, Chris Darby, Alf Filipaina, Mike Lee, Calum Penrose, Wayne Walker, Penny Webster.

Councillors to vote against the budget were Cameron Brewer, Cathy Casey, Ross Clow, Chris Fletcher, Denise Krum, Dick Quax, Sharon Stewart, John Watson and George Wood.

Those ten councillors, plus many in the opposing list have enabled Len Brown’s wasteful spending and budgets over two council terms.

This vote won’t save them as we head into next year’s local body elections. ? Read more »

Pressure builds on the abstainers, two more cave

Pressure is building on the abstainers with two of them caving to pressure.

Two more Auckland councillors have come forward today to say they will vote on tomorrow’s final budget vote.

This follows reports that Mayor Len Brown does not appear to have a majority and is relying on four or five councillors to change their mind or abstain to pass the budget tomorrow.

Councillor Cathy Casey said she had never considered abstaining from the vote, saying in 20-plus years as a councillor she had never sat on the fence on anything.

She did not say if she would support or oppose the budget.

Ms Casey did not respond to earlier questions by the New Zealand Herald on her position.

Councillor Wayne Walker today said he would never be abstaining on the vote.

“It had been suggested to me.

But I have never abstained. I will make my decision on the day,” he said.

On Sunday, Mr Walker told the Herald “abstaining was a possibility”, saying in many respects he would like to vote against it.

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Len’s signed his own political death warrant

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Bad financial management is one thing. ? Lying another. ?Cheating on your long suffering wife is also not flash, and having sex on council property with council staff another poor decision.

None of that was enough to get the rate payers of Auckland upset.

But now Len and his Council have made the biggest mistake of all – hit his remaining supporters directly in the pocket. ? Read more »

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